Weather Eye: Gardens, don’t despair – sunshine should return by next week




And the rains came.

And came.

It was enough to deposit more than 4.5 inches in the rain bucket officially for May in Vancouver.

On Wednesday afternoon, I measured more than 5.5 inches in Salmon Creek. That’s very impressive considering how dry things were earlier in the month and what forecasters had expected.

With only two days left this month and just weak disturbances rotating around an upper-level low, I don’t think we will reach 5 inches in Vancouver but then again? Though not official yet, Portland’s May rainfall was tied for the third-wettest May as of Wednesday afternoon. Our May rainfall is close to being the sum of February, March and April combined, just to put things in perspective.

The good news is high pressure slowly edges its way toward us and turns the rain nozzle off with a mostly dry weekend. We will be close to a chance of showers that may linger to our north but at this point we go dry. Temperatures with clearing skies will warm back into the low 70s and then upper 70s into the low 80s early next week.

The climate outlook again calls for basically dry and warm weather the first two weeks in June. Readers have told me the garden needs some sunshine!

I might mention snow was in the forecast today for the higher mountains in Western Washington, including the Olympics and Cascades. I talked with several friends that went camping over the holiday weekend, a little damp to say the least.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at